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They include remarkable items, most of which are held in the Rare Books Reserve (Réserve des livres rares): original editions of children’s literature classics (e.g. the first French translation of Alice) and illustration for children (e.g. Rackham and Job), rare books of which only a few copies exist, books on bibliophilia, original mock-ups and drawings e.g. the Babar collection), etc.
The Audiovisual Department provides access to France’s oldest and largest collection of children’s records.
“Children’s records” became an editorial genre in its own right from the 1920s onwards. From fairy tales to songs, not forgetting little stories and early learning material, the collection contains more than 100,000 items covering this huge field. Publications by Le Petit Ménestrel (e.g. Peter and the Wolf) have become classics of this type of publishing, as have Mary Melody’s adaptations of Tintin, together with recordings by leading performers like Anne Sylvestre and Henri Dès.
Monday, January 31, 2011